Bomb squad called to Ennis school

Bomb squad called to Ennis school


Army Bomb Squad EOD
  An army EOD team during a previous visit to Clare in 2013 – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

An Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was called to to a school in Clare today to dispose of a quantity of unstable chemicals.

Gardaí were alerted by staff at St Flannan’s College in Ennis when a quantity of ‘dinitrophenylhydrazine’ (Brady-s Re-Agent) was feared to have become unstable.

The substance is often found in school laboratories. It can become sensitive to shock and friction and can become unstable over time if it crystallises.

The Defence Forces deployed the bomb disposal team which arrived at the school at 12.15pm.

There were no other persons in the college at the time so there was no evacuation.

The chemical was removed from the lab and taken to a nearby playing field site which had been cordoned off by gardaí.

The chemical was made safe by a controlled explosion and the scene was declared safe at 12.37pm.

In December 2013, a quantity of Brady’s Re-Agent and another substance were disposed of in a quarry in Bunratty Co Clare after being safely removed from a factory in Shannon.

One of the materials was destroyed by means of incineration while the other required a controlled explosion.

At 5.49pm, the EOD was mobilised to the Roxboro area of Limerick City after 2 historical munitions were found by workers on a building site.

Upon examination, the items were found to be artillery ammunition from the late 18th to early 19th century. The scene was declared was safe at 6.15 pm.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.